Green Party candidate Jill Stein has questionably raised millions towards recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, but despite getting her way for the expensive waste of time in Wisconsin, Stein still wasn’t happy. Apparently it isn’t enough to recount the votes – they have to do so by hand.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported:
The Wisconsin Elections Commission agreed Monday to begin a recount of the presidential election on Thursday but was sued by Green Party candidate Jill Stein after the agency declined to require county officials to recount the votes by hand.
It will be a race to finish the recount in time to meet a daunting federal deadline, and the lawsuit could delay the process. Under state law, the recount must begin this week as long as Stein or another candidate pays the $3.5 million estimated cost of the recount by Tuesday, election officials said.
Also Monday, Stein filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania to force a recount there and her supporters began filing recount requests at the precinct level in the Keystone State. Stein — who received just a tiny piece of the national vote — also plans to ask for a recount in Michigan on Wednesday.
Unless Stein wins her lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court, officials in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties would decide on their own whether to do their recounts of the 2.98 million statewide votes by machine or by hand, with dozens of counties expected to hand count the paper ballots.
Neil Albrecht, executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, said it took nearly a month to complete the recount in the April 2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court race between Justice David Prosser and JoAnne Kloppenburg. The city will now have about two weeks to recount more than twice as many ballots — a challenge that will play out across the state.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign supported the recount, but they did admit that it is unlikely to change the results.
In response to the recount farce, President-elect Donald Trump released a statement: “This is a scam by the Green Party and Jill Stein for an election that has already been conceded. The result of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused.”
This is a farce, especially with Clinton and the Left calling Trump out on the campaign trail for refusing to accept the results of the election if something was amiss.
According to Clinton, the thought that Trump wouldn’t accept the results was “horrifying” and a “threat to our democracy.”
“We must recount the votes so we can build trust in our election system,” Stein claimed in a written statement.
If this is about the integrity of the election and not the outcome, shouldn’t those states that Clinton won, especially in close numbers?
Or maybe this isn’t about integrity at all, but instead just a huge waste of money.